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Five international treaties have been negotiated and drafted in the COPUOS : The 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the "Outer Space Treaty").
The five treaties and agreements of international space law cover "non-appropriation of outer space by any one country, arms control, the freedom of exploration, liability for damage caused by space objects, the safety and rescue of spacecraft and astronauts, the prevention of harmful interference with space activities and the environment, the notification and registration of space activities, scientific investigation and the exploitation of natural resources in outer space and the settlement of disputes."  The United Nations General Assembly adopted five declarations and legal principles which encourage exercising the international laws, as well as unified communication between countries. The five declarations and principles are:
Space law also encompasses national laws, and many countries have passed national space legislation in recent years. The Outer Space Treaty requires parties to authorize and supervise national space activities, including the activities of non-governmental entities such as commercial and non-profit organizations. The Outer Space Treaty also incorporates the UN Charter by reference, and requires parties to ensure that activities are conducted in accordance with other forms of international law such as customary international law (the custom and practice of states).
The advent of commercial space activities beyond the scope of the satellite communications industry, and the development of many commercial spaceports, is leading many countries[which?] to consider how to regulate private space activities. The challenge is to regulate these activities in a manner that does not hinder or preclude investment, while still ensuring that commercial activities comply with international law. The developing nations are concerned that the spacefaring nations will monopolize space resources. However this may be resolved by simply extending the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to outer space.
In May 2015, the United States Congress was considering the Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015.
originally posted by: Black_Fox
It doesn't much matter to me.
I'll never get to see for myself.
Come to think of it, nobody on here will either.
So nobody on here can ever say they know for sure.
Until you see it for yourself, your like the rest of us, were told what the truth is.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: usos90
I find it easier to believe someone faked a YouTube video than NASA's space program.
The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to use for communication. The scale has three designated categories:
A Type I civilization — also called a planetary civilization — can use and store all of the energy which reaches its planet from its parent star.
A Type II civilization — also called a stellar civilization — can harness the total energy of its planet's parent star (the most popular hypothetical concept being the Dyson sphere—a device which would encompass the entire star and transfer its energy to the planet(s)).
A Type III civilization — also called a galactic civilization — can control energy on the scale of its entire host galaxy.
The scale is hypothetical, and regards energy consumption on a cosmic scale. It was proposed in 1964 by the Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev. Various extensions of the scale have since been proposed, including a wider range of power levels (types 0, IV and V) and the use of metrics other than pure power.
In 1964, Kardashev defined three levels of civilizations, based on the order of magnitude of power available to them:
Technological level of a civilization that can harness all the energy that falls on a planet from its parent star (for Earth-Sun system, this value is close to 7x1017 watts), which is more than five orders of magnitude higher than the amount presently attained on earth, with energy consumption at ≈4×1019 erg/sec (4 × 1012 watts). The astronomer Guillermo A. Lemarchand stated this as a level near contemporary terrestrial civilization with an energy capability equivalent to the solar insolation on Earth, between 1016 and 1017 watts.
A civilization capable of harnessing the energy radiated by its own star—for example, the stage of successful construction of a Dyson sphere—with energy consumption at ≈4×1033 erg/sec. Lemarchand stated this as a civilization capable of utilizing and channeling the entire radiation output of its star. The energy utilization would then be comparable to the luminosity of our Sun, about 4×1033 erg/sec (4×1026 watts).
A civilization in possession of energy on the scale of its own galaxy, with energy consumption at ≈4×1044 erg/sec. Lemarchand stated this as a civilization with access to the power comparable to the luminosity of the entire Milky Way galaxy, about 4×1044 erg/sec (4×1037 watts)
originally posted by: BenSisko
But what would they ultimately try to achieve by withholding the truth to mankind? Most people usually are against funding the governmental space agencies, they see it as a waste of money anyways.
In setting out the walls of a city the choice of a healthy situation is of the first importance: it should be on high ground, neither subject to fogs nor rains; its aspects should be neither violently hot nor intensely cold, but temperate in both respects. -
Roman architect Vitruvius in his treatise "De Architectura"
originally posted by: FauxMulder
Yes, the millions of people who have been involved in space exploration over the years have successfully kept secret the truth and fooled everyone except for a few youtubers.
originally posted by: SpaceXIsReal
False. The ability of modern Hollywood to use green screens to make it look like people are flying or floating does not mean that ISS or the space program are fake. Quite the contrary, you can see ISS for yourself and verify its structure, configuration, docked spacecraft and even the presence of space walkers outside the station using a ground based telescope.
It's real. The video claiming to show things like a harness show nothing of the sort (it reeks of actual delusional misconceptions about what you're seeing in the video) and utterly fail to explain these observations. Space flight is real, and now is an exciting time in the history of space flight with private companies mounting ever more impressive feats in vehicle return and re-use to drive down the cost of access to space.
That is real as well, despite many who claim otherwise.